Engage Your Peers in Supporting Students' Learning Differences

Educator models and shares strategies to support students' learning differences with peers.
Made by Friday Institute @ NC State

About this Micro-credential

Key Method

Educator connects with peers virtually or face to face through a professional learning network to deepen his or her understanding and encourage other educators to reflect upon their own practice to build collective competence with learning differences.

Method Components

Engage Your Peers in Supporting Students’ Learning Differences is the final micro-credential in the Learning Differences stack.

The full Learning Differences stack includes six micro-credentials:

  1. Demonstrate Understanding
    • Of Working Memory
    • Of Executive Function
    • Of Learner Motivation
  2. Build a Student-Centered Plan
  3. Apply Student-Centered Strategies
  4. Engage Your Peers in Supporting Students’ Learning Differences

What is a professional learning network (PLN)?

A professional learning network is a group of connections to which teachers go to both share and learn. These groups can be face-to-face (as in a professional learning community) or online.

Strategies for sharing learning differences content with your PLN:

  • Find a mentor or team of teachers you can meet with regularly to share your learning.
  • Use social media such as Twitter, Pinterest, or Voxer to interact with educators outside of your school or district. Use hashtags to bring your tweets and questions to others and to build your network online.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Siemens, George. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age.” Think Learn Zone E-Learning Library. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (ITDL), Jan. 2005.
  • Digenti, Dori. “Collaborative Learning: A Core Capability for Organizations in the New Economy.” The SoL Journal 1.2 (1999): 45–57.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Part 1. Overview questions

(200-word limit for each response)

  • With which PLNs did you share and why?
  • How and what did you share with your PLNs in your attempts to build their understanding of learning differences and general strategies to support students’ learning differences in the classroom?

Part 2. Model and share artifacts

Please provide evidence of the methods and tools you used to connect and engage with other educators to build their understanding of learning differences including working memory, executive function, or motivation. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media).

Part 3. Reflection evidence/artifacts

Please provide an insightful reflection that describes the effectiveness of your attempts to connect with other educators and build collective knowledge and skills related to learning differences. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media) as your reflection.

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